Strategic Plan 2015-19
The Marine Mammal Commission's Strategic Plan for 2015-19 has been finalized and is posted on the Commission website. The Commission is grateful for the many comments received on the draft document posted in late 2013, which resulted in considerable revisions to the Strategic Plan. While this plan is formally intended for 2015-2019, the Commission is already using it to guide activities in 2014. For example, our 2014 Annual Meeting (May 6-8 in Washington, D.C.), will be guided by this Strategic Plan, as will current and future High Priority Projects, and funding priorities for the Commission.
Daniel Goodman Memorial Symposium
Montana State University has announced the Daniel Goodman Memorial Symposium to be held March 20-21, 2014 in Bozeman, MT. The theme of the symposium is Decision-Making under Uncertainty: Risk Assessment and the Best Available Science. The purpose of the symposium is to honor Dr. Daniel Goodman who died unexpectedly in November 2012.
The symposium will be organized around the broad topics that Dr. Goodman worked on during his prolific career: marine mammals, salmon and freshwater fisheries, marine fisheries, ecosystem modeling, Bayesian statistics, ecological decision-making and risk assessment, Endangered Species Act policy, and hazardous materials and environmental monitoring. More information is available at http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/Goodman/.
Funding Opportunities in Fiscal Year 2014
The Marine Mammal Commission carries out a small research program that supports projects aimed at meeting the conservation and protection goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Commission's research program includes all relevant activities including basic and applied research, workshops, literature reviews, compilations of expert opinion, and drafting manuscripts or reports. Between October 1st 2013 and March 3rd 2014 the Marine Mammal Commission will be accepting proposals. Please click here for further information.
2014 Marine Mammal Commission Annual Meeting
SAVE THE DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission announces its plans to hold its 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., 6-8 May. While the agenda has not been set, the Commission plans to use the opportunity to focus on national-level marine mammal issues with our federal partners as well as with some of our key constituents-NGOs, ocean-related industries, and others. The first two days will be held at a venue in downtown Washington and the third day will be held on Capitol Hill at the Capitol Visitor's Center. Updates will be posted on the Commission's website as further information becomes available on the location, agenda, and other details.
Report to Congress
The Commission's latest
Annual Report to Congress for 2010-2011 is now available. Please click here to
view the report.
Commission Report on
2009 Federal Funding Survey
The Commission's latest
report for its Survey of Federally-funded Marine Mammal Research and
Conservation for Fiscal Year 2009 is now available. Please click here to view
National Research and
The Marine Mammal
Commission is holding a series
of meetings with officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service
in each of the Service's six regions. The purpose of each meeting will
be to identify high priority marine mammal research and management
needs in each region. The Commission will use that information to help
it develop a set of national priorities for guiding federal research
and conservation efforts for marine mammals. To date, the Commission
has met in open session with the National Marine Fisheries Service's
Northeast (7 August 2012), Southeast (25 January 2013), Southwest (29
January 2013), Northwest (12 March 2013), and Pacific Islands (26 March
2013) Regions. The Commission also met in open session with the
Service's headquarters office on 12 April 2013.